We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1865 276139
See all hours
Mon - Fri 14:00 - 17:00

For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection...

For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, plus more than one dozen historical keyboard instruments and a complete bow-maker's workshop.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 36 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 20
  • 12
    Very good
  • 0
  • 1
  • 1
What a collection of musical instruments

I really like all the old musical instruments on display such as wind ones, percussion drums and pianos.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ed E
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

36 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 34: English reviews
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
1,715 reviews
834 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really like all the old musical instruments on display such as wind ones, percussion drums and pianos.

Thank Ed E
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
168 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have any interest in music, regardless of genre, this little museum has to be visited if you're in Oxford. It houses the most wonderful collection of instruments from all ages and geographic sources. What makes it special is the access visitors have to the instruments, especially the keyboards. Fancy playing Handel's very own harpsichord, well here's your opportunity.... More 

Thank WingcoNick
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A big reward for venturing just off the beaten tourist track if you are in the least interested in music. Just go beyond Christ Church from the city centre. An exceptional collection of instruments. An opportunity to try a small selection. Open every afternoon as well. Includes some real gems. Great educational resource for children.

Thank Fred C
Daventry, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is well worth a visit if you like music or musical instruments. I was fascinated.Over 1000 instruments in display cases charting the evolution of some of them. Also many keyboard instruments. Students at the Faculty of music are allowed to play them. There is a small selection. One each of the brass and woodwind instruments for the children to... More 

Thank Michael T
Emsworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
355 reviews
264 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This is a real find and well worth a visit if you are at all interested in music. Located in part of the Music Faculty this small museum contains numerous glass cases holding a vast collection of every type of musical instrument. The free audio guide allows you to hear what many of the instruments sound like. I doubt if... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that you can touch and play some of their instruments! Not many museums allow that.

Thank VyT68
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

It's been on my radar for some time to visit this museum. I should have gone sooner and it's free to enter. A vast collection of mainly woodwind and brass together with some string and pianos and their predecessors, too big for their small space. If you like finding out for yourself and minimal interpretation this museum does it, well... More 

1 Thank Mikejy
Windsor, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

Every display is packed with historical instruments. Visit during term time as we did and you're likely to be treated to students rehearsing their repertoires. Make sure to ask for an audioguide. You can listen to music samples recorded on the exact instruments in each cabinet.

1 Thank Alexandra S
Level Contributor
71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

We visited during a family day when there was a wide selection of instruments to try such as serpents and theremins. The highlight was playing the gamelan (Javan orchestra mainly percussion) for an hour. Very knowledgeable staff explained the exhibits well and answered questions.

Thank bigbird314
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Fascinating museum - great to hear clips of many of the instruments being played. All 'guides' who were there were really interested in the collection and keen to share information but also give you space to browse.

Thank carrie163

Travellers who viewed Bate Collection also viewed


Been to Bate Collection? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bate Collection staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?